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Finding Lenny [ 2009 ] [ Hits:4878 ]
Review: Finding Lenny is Barry Hilton’s long-awaited debut on the big screen. “The Cousin” is a legend when it comes to stand up comedy, and he brings a South African flavour to his comic twist on everyday situations. He’s instantly recognisable and stars in his own TV Series, Funny You Should Say That and appears in a number of commercials, most notably Savannah. Candid comedian Leon Schuster is currently the movie mogul when it comes to South African comedy, churning out record-breaking hits l...

Finding Vivian Maier [ Hits:2563 ]
Review: Some of the best stories are the ones shrouded in mystery and history. Finding Vivian Maier is one such story, about a nanny whose street photography hobby established her overnight... years after her death. The reclusive Maier was an eccentric individual to those who knew her, but after her 100,000 photo collection was discovered, it seems as though no one ever really did. Finding Vivian Maier tries to piece together the puzzle of Maier to determine why she took photographs and steered clear of...

Fired Up [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3894 ]
Review: What would you think if you heard a film had been submitted to the MPAA 8 times to obtain a PG-13 rating, was written by four writers credited as "Freedom Jones" and contained no nudity whatsoever, after marketing a poster with a giant F.U. for Fired Up? Well the F.U. part certainly rings a bell in this luke warm attempt at a post-90s teen comedy. For starters, one of Fired Up's bros Eric Christian Olsen, starred as Austin in Not Another Teen Movie in 2001. Now forgive me for saying this, but he...

Focus [ Hits:3416 ]
Review: Ever since Seven Pounds, it feels as though Will Smith has lost his mojo. Once known for his natural charisma and happy-go-lucky attitude, it's now difficult to see that x-factor and twinkle in his eye. Perhaps being contrasted with Tom Cruise changed his game plan as the exuberant Oscar-nominated actor found himself in what seems like a Hollywood identity crisis. Smith's star has been left tarnished by underwhelming performances in Men in Black 3 and After Earth, with forgettable cameos in Anc...

Fokofpolisiekar: The Movie [ 2009 ] [ Hits:8662 ]
Review: Fokofpolisiekar (fuck-off-police-car) are a five-piece Afrikaans punk band that hail from Bellville, Cape Town. When they formed back in 2003, they wanted to broadcast a lifestyle and spirit that reflected the state of affairs for Afrikaners in South Africa. Their complex heritage had left a generation of Afrikaans youth stranded; feeling displaced and alienated in their own country and it was time to forge ahead. Their heritage, the Church, enforced traditions, guilt for an era they had no ...

Four Corners [ Hits:3936 ]
Review: Pollsmoor Prison is overpopulated and way beyond capacity, famous for Nelson Mandela's incarceration and infamous for its prolific gangsterism. A gang war has been raging for almost a hundred years between 'The Numbers', several prison gangs divided by their 26, 27 and 28 affiliations, exercising their rule by means of extreme violence. Their bonds extend beyond the prison walls to the Cape Flats, where it's unsafe to walk the streets, depending on which gang's tattoos you bear. This is the dan...

Four Lions [ 2010 ] [ Hits:4438 ]
Review: Terrorism and comedy... seem worlds apart in the news. When the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center took place, everyone froze in front of their TV screens as headlines called it a catalyst for World War III. Zeitgeist, a viral conspiracy theory film, raised questions as to some of the unanswered questions and slowly the news story reached a natural conclusion as the hunt for Osama Bin Laden continued in vain. Seems like yesterday, but it was almost a decade ago and many have ventur...

Free Fire [ Hits:7628 ]
Review: Free Fire is a crime thriller and dark comedy caper from Ben Wheatley, who seems to have been heavily influenced by stylish action directors, Quentin Tarantino and Guy Ritchie. The film is set in a Boston warehouse in 1978 as a meeting between two gangs turns into a bloody shootout and a game of survival. While never short on ammunition, he's armour-plated this single location vehicle with an ensemble including the likes of our very own Sharlto Copley, Brie Larson, Sam Riley, Cillian Murphy, Mic...

Free State [ Hits:2655 ]
Review: Free State is a South African romance drama from writer-director, Salmon de Jager. Known for writing Verraaiers, Roepman and Stuur Groete aan Mannetjies Roux, he turned his craft to directing with Musiek vir die Agtergrond and now Free State. His latest drama centres on a forbidden romance between Jeanette, a white Afrikaans girl, and an Indian man named Ravi during the Apartheid era in South Africa. Under the infamous Immorality Act, white and non-white people were prohibited from entering int...

Friday the 13th [ 2009 ] [ Hits:3968 ]
Review: Friday the 13th is a staple in horror movie history. The slasher film has come a long way and has struggled to break the vicious cycle of blood, boobs and boozing. Jason Voorhees, the masked psychopath is to slasher films what James Bond is to espionage and they both share one irritating trait... they just won't die! Jason has been decapitating teenagers for nearly 3 decades, with 12 movies under his belt. It's got to the point where you're probably wondering who's stupid enough to go camping at...

Friends with Benefits [ Hits:3586 ]
Review: Friends with Benefits stars Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, two up-and-coming Hollywood starlets. Timberlake's musical career launched him into fame and he's made a strong transition into film with roles in David Fincher's critically acclaimed, The Social Network and other movies like Bad Teacher and In Time. Mila Kunis has had a similar trajectory, taking a role in That 70's Show and propelling herself into film acting with an equally impressive turn in Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, with app...

Fright Night [3D] [ Hits:4704 ]
Review: Fright Night [3D] is a comedy-horror movie remake of Tom Holland's 1985 cult classic. You know the VHS rental cover that used to scare you at the video store as a kid, the one with the massive vampire face laughing over a haunted mansion. Well, there weren't many big name actors in that, but now that the remake boasts 3D technology and a cast including: Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin, David Tennant, Tony Collette and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, you could say that a remake was almost necessary.To rem...

Fury [ Hits:2161 ]
Review: Fury is a simple film masquerading as a complex animal. Writer-director David Ayer presents a cocky yet typical platoon war movie as a bunch of characters band together to form, storm and norm again as a new recruit gets initiated. The difference being that instead of being sent to Hell on amphibious landing craft, we're living, breathing and dying through a Sherman tank. We're treated to a World War II drama trying to match Saving Private Ryan for aural and visual majesty. While the soundtrack...

G Force [ 2009 ] [ Hits:5654 ]
Review: G-Force is about guinea pigs. Now if you're still with me, you understand that this live-action/animated cross-over is not taking itself too seriously... they're not just guinea pigs, they're secret agent guinea pigs. If you were expecting something in the arena of Quantum of Solace, you'll be sorely disappointed... while the two have their similarities - G-Force is strictly for the kids. Jerry Bruckheimer aka the big cheese, has produced loads of films from Beverly Hills Cop to the hugely succe...

G.I. Joe: Retaliation [ Hits:3866 ]
Review: G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra was a cheesy all-out action CGI overload that borrowed from a number of better movies and embarrassed a number of actors in the process. Yet, that didn't stop them from making a sequel, G.I. Joe: Retaliation. HOO-HA! The G.I. Joe movie franchise has had a complete overhaul. The focus is still on gung-ho action, gun-slinging, bad attitudes, combat vehicles and advanced technology, but they've dropped the tongue-in-cheek tone for serious kick-ass action, beefed up the cast...

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra [ 2009 ] [ Hits:4001 ]
Review: At this moment in time, it's sad but true... Stephen Sommers is a poor man's Michael Bay. He directed two fun-filled fantasy adventures in the shadow of Spielberg's Indiana Jones saga with The Mummy and The Mummy Returns and then gave us a whirlwind tour of horror classics with Van Helsing.What made these adventures epic was the hero, whether it was the clean-cut Brendan Fraser or the dapper Hugh Jackman. However, it doesn't seem that anyone's willing (or able) to fulfill the role of the main pr...

Gabriel [ 2007 ] [ Hits:3984 ]
Review: Gabriel is a rare Australian film. Most movies of this genre seem to originate from the United States, but Gabriel is from down under. Director, writer and producer Shane Abbess started the production on a shoestring budget of $150,000. This low budget movie deserved a big budget and was also strapped for time. Abbess did the unthinkable by trying to get by shooting at night and taking various day jobs to help fund the film. He watched movies like Donnie Darko, and harnessed the raw power of a y...

Gamer [ 2009 ] [ Hits:5272 ]
Review: Gamer is brought to the big screen from the writers/directors that brought us Crank 2: High Voltage.  Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor are fast becoming synonymous with extreme movies aimed at the MTV generation.  Adrenalin-fuelled action adventures that raise the dopamine levels are what they're after, and in their most recent spate of movies, they've more than succeeded.  Hiring cool actors like Jason Statham and Gerard Butler, give them instant access to their star's fans.  Jason Statham i...

Get Hard [ Hits:3155 ]
Review: Will Ferrell is a comedy kingpin. His over-the-top, loud, brash, incredibly manly, irreverently funny trademark comedy has become his empire, racking up a series of memorable performances and characters in the process. Does he have a comedy equal? Just like Ron Burgundy, he'd probably tell you "no", but that hasn't stopped him from forming successful "laughnerships" with a range of actors including: Jon Heder, Mark Wahlberg, Zach Galifianakis and reliable sidekick Jon C. Reilly. His latest film...

Ghost in the Shell [ Hits:3152 ]
Review: Ghost in the Shell is based on a manga series, which was later adapted into an animated feature in 1995. Partly inspired by Arthur Koestler's The Ghost in the Machine and partly an inspiration for The Matrix, this much-loved Japanese series continues to inspire. Now unveiling its latest iteration, an almost inevitable live-action adaptation, starring Scarlett Johansson and directed by Rupert Sanders, we get a chance to see Major come alive... even if her shoes seem too big for her. The film tak...

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